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Mosquito traps put in place

The first traps aimed at killing mosquitoes that could potentially carry Zika virus have been put in place.

There are no reported cases of the virus in Bermuda so far and with 100 traps being spread around the island, the Department of Health's Vector Control team is hoping to prevent any outbreak of the disease.

“Bermuda does not have the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is the most common and most capable carrier of Zika,” said a government statement. “However, Bermuda has the less capable but potential carrier, Aedes albopictus.

“The new mosquito traps are designed to specifically attract the Aedes mosquito. The trap offers an ideal spot for female mosquitoes to lay eggs: it is dark and utilises an odour lure. Once the female lands in the trap she is exposed to substances that are lethal to her and to her larvae.”

Health minister Jeanne Atherden advised residents to check their properties, adding: “You are not just protecting yourself, you are protecting your family, friends, neighbours and visitors.

“When abroad, remember to protect yourself from bites so you don't bring Zika home.”

Armell Thomas, the programme manager for Vector Control and Port Health, said: “We are proactively using new methods like these traps to control Aedes albopictus and other types of mosquitoes. The best way to decrease the possibility of mosquito-borne illness is to get rid of the mosquitoes.

“Check your property and eliminate all standing water and call Vector Control for assistance if you are being bitten. While we are working to reduce the risk through these traps and surveillance of properties, Bermuda is still at risk for Zika. If you take the time to tip standing water, you are doing the right thing.”

Taking steps: programme manager for Vector Control and Port Health Armell Thomas and Minister of health and seniors Jeanne Atherden place the first mosquito trap

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Published August 03, 2016 at 1:27 pm (Updated August 04, 2016 at 8:22 am)

Mosquito traps put in place

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